Situated on Italy’s Riviera dei Flori – the Riviera of Flowers – shadowed by magnificent mountain peaks, the sun-kissed Mediterranean seaside resort of Sanremo is simply stunning. Known affectionately as ‘Italy’s Monte Carlo’, Sanremo is a glitzy and glamourous resort experience.
Beautiful beaches, grand villas, an impressive yacht-filled harbour and the iconic, elegant Art Nouveau building of the Casinò di Sanremo have attracted the rich and famous to the town’s glorious shores for centuries. Even European nobility has been unable to resist Sanremo over the years; Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Tsar Nicola of Russia are among many exiles that came to enjoy the city’s warm winters, while revered Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel had a villa here too.
Sanremo has plenty of high-end stores and designer boutiques, a number of excellent restaurants and bars, plus a hectic, local market. The striking Russian Orthodox Church, with its five onion domes, resembles Moscow’s incredible St Basil’s Cathedral, and is an unmissable sight. The park of Villa Ormond, with a Japanese garden and ancient olive groves is also worthy of a stroll.
Dig deeper, and the lovely Old Town district, where narrow alleys packed with traditional terracotta-topped houses offer fantastic views over the city and the Med, awaits discovery.